On the design and installation of a Compton-suppressed HPGe spectrometer at the Budapest neutron-induced prompt gamma spectroscopy (NIPS) facility

László Szentmiklósi, Zoltán Kis, Tamás Belgya, Andrey N. Berlizov

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Abstract

An important aspect of the ongoing upgrade at the Budapest PGAA-NIPS facility has been the design and installation of a second Compton-suppressed gamma spectrometer. The aim was to provide excellent spectroscopic conditions for future position sensitive and large sample prompt gamma activation analysis applications. The optimum geometry of the setup was determined by Monte Carlo calculations with the MCNP-CP code. The suppression factors for various layouts (co-axial, perpendicular), shapes (cylindrical, tapered), and thicknesses were compared at different gamma-ray energies. The optimum configuration, as a trade-off between performance and cost, was selected, purchased, and installed. Several characteristic features of a collimated, Compton-suppressed system could be revealed, which allowed us to achieve a better and cost-effective performance. The calculations were validated with a 14N(n,γ) 15N calibration source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1605-1611
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume298
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • Anti-coincidence
  • Compton suppression
  • HPGe gamma-ray detector
  • MCNP-CP
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Neutron induced prompt gamma spectrometry (NIPS)
  • Prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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